Celtics rack up second-highest block total in team history


It doesn't take any of the sting out of arguably the worst home loss of the season, but the Celtics can take at least one positive out of Wednesday night's 111-103 home defeat to the Phoenix Suns, owners of the worst record in the NBA entering the night.

Boston ended up with 15 blocks, tying the second-highest total in franchise history since blocks became an official stat in 1973-74. Robert Williams led the charge with five blocks, while Jayson Tatum added four. Gordon Hayward (2), Kyrie Irving (1), Jaylen Brown (1), Daniel Theis (1) and Terry Rozier (1) accounted for the other blocks.

For Williams, it's his second game with five blocks this season, joining Kevin McHale and the immortal Greg Stiemsma as the only rookies in Celts history to accomplish that feat.

It's definitely not all sunshine and rainbows, especially considering the C's allowed 56 rebounds including a season-high 21 offensive boards. They also surrendered a season-high 20 second-chance points as Boston couldn't recover inside after Aron Baynes broke his finger in the first quarter.

If only the Celtics could have blocked a few more shots, maybe they wouldn't have let the lowly Suns pick up their eighth win of the season on the parquet.

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